Fire blazes thanks to strong winds and high temperatures

Firefighters battled strong winds and temperatures of up to 31 degrees on Wednesday as they battled to contain the Mount Canobolas fire.

FANNING THE FIRE: Heat and wind hampered firefighters on Wedensday. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY.

FANNING THE FIRE: Heat and wind hampered firefighters on Wedensday. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY.

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Canobolas zone manager Superintendent David Hoadley said 1666 hectares had been lost by 6pm on Wednesday including 281 hectares of private property, 158 of state forest and 1166 of National Park.

“Overall the weather has been harsh and it’s been fairly windy, but we did have an advantage in the lay of the hills,” he said.

Firefighting conditions were expected to improve on Thursday with a top temperature of 28 predicted.

On Thursday the RFS will have information kiosks established at Spring Terrace School from 8.30am until 11.30am and in Post Office Lane from 1.30pm untill 4pm.

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